What is a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure that enhances the appearance of the nose so that it better harmonizes with the face. Rhinoplasty is most commonly performed to achieve aesthetic refinements in the appearance of the nose but may also be performed for functional reasons. Rhinoplasty involves adjusting the underlying bone and cartilage components of the nose, which constitute the nasal framework. The overlying soft tissue envelope then re-drapes seamlessly and allows for smooth contours and refined features to balance and flow with your facial anatomy.

What to Expect During Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

Dr. Lipin believes that a successful rhinoplasty begins with a thorough consultation, ensuring alignment between the patient’s vision and desired outcome. During the consultation, Dr. Lipin attentively listens to the patient’s concerns, goals, and expectations while conducting a meticulous examination of the nasal anatomy and facial features. Based on her deep understanding of nasal anatomy and facial harmony, Dr. Lipin provides personalized recommendations that consider both the patient’s desires and achievable outcomes. With her expertise and keen eye for facial balance, Dr. Lipin consistently achieves elegant, natural-looking rhinoplasty results enhancing each patient’s unique facial features, so you look like the best version of yourself.

Dr. Lipin’s Rhinoplasty Approach

Dr. Lipin, is an expert in Rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Lipin understands the intricate nature of this complex facial surgery. A rhinoplasty can produce remarkable results even with subtle changes. Advanced surgical techniques and meticulous handling of tissue are essential for achieving natural and elegant results. 

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What Can Rhinoplasty Surgery Address?

Most patients who elect to undergo a rhinoplasty do so because they feel self-conscious or inhibited by the size, shape, or projection of their nose. Rhinoplasty is also sought after by individuals seeking aesthetic refinement, correction of congenital or traumatic deformities, and to improve constricted breathing. In addition, rhinoplasty can address various nasal attributes to enhance the patient’s facial harmony and beauty, while always respecting our unique identities and the character that is often endowed by the nose.

Attributes addressed include:

  • Nasal hump
  • Low nasal bridge 
  • Elongated nose
  • Short nose
  • Crooked nose
  • Bulbous tip
  • Drooping tip
  • Over or under-projected tip
  • Wide tip
  • Narrow or pinched tip
  • Any combination of the above attributes

Rhinoplasty Frequently Asked Questions

A rhinoplasty candidate is in good physical and emotional health, does not smoke or use any form of nicotine-containing products, has realistic expectations about the healing process and outcome of surgery, and will work with D. Lipin and her team’s pre-operative and post-operative treatment regimen to ensure optimal healing and recovery. If you are in good health and have reasonable expectations for how you want your nose to look, you may be a great candidate for rhinoplasty. 

There are certain factors that are considered in determining if a patient is a good candidate for a rhinoplasty. These include:

  • Age; to ensure both physical and emotional maturity 
  • Overall health
  • Facial anatomy
  • History of prior rhinoplasty or nonsurgical rhinoplasty
  • History of prior nasal trauma
  • History of prior surgery on the septum
  • Result expectations

The procedure generally takes 3-4 hours, although this can vary depending on the complexity of the operation, and if other procedures are being done at the same time. 

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure and is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia.

Dr. Lipin performs her surgeries at Northside Hospital Midtown, a state-of-the-art facility surgical facility.

It is uncommon for patients to require more than 1-2 pain tablets in total, and discomfort is typically managed alone with Tylenol. The external splint is removed 1 week after surgery. Patients are typically socially presentable 1 week after surgery. If there is bruising, which is rare, this typically resolves by day 10 after surgery. Depending on the thickness of the patient’s skin, post operative edema/swelling completely resolve between 9 months and 18months to reveal the final result, however, an improved nasal shape and aesthetic is immediately noticeable, and the results improve over time.